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More Than A Friend – Season 1 – Episode 11

What can be going on? Did she delete her Number from my phone? But why should she do that? Can it be because Taiwo gave me yoghurt and I told her? It can’t be. Is it because Taiwo knelt for me and held my trousers? But the class was too busy, very few students noticed us, why should she be jealous self?” I was asking myself series of rhetorical questions with no response, I kept scrolling my contacts but nothing like “Portable” that I used to save her number, I wanted to go and check the back of my computer note when I noticed that I’ve been seeing a strange name among my contacts,
“Who owns this number self, when did I even save this?” I asked myself, the number was saved with “Mine” and a love symbol in front, I opened it and it was Deborah’s number.

“sighs… She must have done this, does this mean I’m hers and she’s mine?

“Hmmmmmm come to think of it, if I don’t want to lie to myself, I truly love this girl, should I let out my mind to her? What if she says no? Our friendship will never remain the same again and I’m not ready to lose her as a friend,
“Why should I date her self when we love eachother for just being friends?
Hmmmmmmm but I’ve to date someone just to know how dating life use to be, Yes! I think she’ll be my first girlfriend” I thought of so many things in my mind and I decided to tell some friends to seek advices. I placed my thumb on the green key to call Deborah but I lost words, I dropped the phone and went to rest my brain, I was feeling sleepy that evening when my phone rang, I checked the screen and it was my sister, wow! Big sister remembered me;

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I: Hello Sis

Sis: Ope, what’s up?

I: I’m fine, any card for your big bro?

Sis: Card koo, ATM ni. I forgot to remind you something when I came home.

I: What’s that ma?

Sis: Do you still remember your promise? DON’T HAVE A GIRLFRIEND in secondary school.

I: (silent for a while) But ma,…..
(she ended the call)

“Chai!!! What type of human is this for God’s sake! In fact, am scared of the people am surrounded with self, I thought something in my mind the other day too, and my mom responded without hearing me, today again, this one has done the same, na me and una for this house. To you my sister; you’re joking! Am going to have a girlfriend, if care is not taken, I’ll date two at a time! Watch out!” I concluded and dropped my phone, I took one of my Jerseys, off my phone,

“Mom, am going to field” I told my mom,

“Come home early o” she replied, her voice shows that she was sleeping,

“Alright ma” I responded too.

“See how she responded immediately, the person I thought she was sleeping, that means she has not slept deep, who knows if she has been hearing my mind since. Who cares anyway!” I concluded and off to field.

I got to field, I played a little and remembered I wanted to tell my friends something, most of them were there that evening, Joel came,
Quazeem, David, Kayode, and Saheed. We all sat on tyres…

I: Em… em… guys, I’ve one issue to discuss with you all.

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David: Mad boy! We can’t help you to beg anybody, you stole your mom’s money and now using style to call us for begging, no way! Abi no be wetin you wan talk be that?

I: Gosh! Guy, you dey craze? You smoke wet weed? You no dey serious at all? The thing no be ordinary again o, them swear for you to be unserious always? Chai! The winch wey dey do you dey use technology join juju. (Laughs) Oya Dave, let’s be serious.

David: Oya, tender your problem, gods are listening.

I: It is my case and Deborah, em…em… in short, the girl renamed her number on my phone to “Mine”

Kayode: Ehn, it means you’re hers, what’s so big there? Aren’t you guys dating already?

Saheed: I tire o!

I: Noooooo, we ain’t dating o, she’s just my friend o.

Kayode and Saheed: (laughs)

Kayode: And you’re that close? Guy, wake up, the babe loves you and you’re dulling her big time.

Joel, exactly, no dulling again, I don tell you before na, grab her or I do.

I: You won’t want to die na. (Laughs)

Quazeem: So, do the needful if you don’t want the timekeeper to assist the assistant, (laughs) I’ll call the girl for you on Monday.

David: Case closed. No time to waste time on timeless things like this.

I: Thanks all, but Quazeem, don’t bother calling her for me. I’ll see what to do.

We were already leaving when David carried the ball (health size 4), kicked a shot intentionally and it hit Quazeem, he pursued David while we left them and went home.

Deborah’s thoughts would come to my mind,
I would ignore, ******fast forward******.
After Sunday service on Sunday, Michael called me that he wanted to ask me something, (Michael was a friend of mine, he was in SS3 in my school by then, we were both choristers in church (T.A.C), same height same stature).
Later after service, I waited till he was done.

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Mike: How far Tobi?

I: As far as the distance from Belgium to Jerusalem (laughs)

Mike: Pretend to be normal at least. (Lol)

I: Am partially fine as hunger dey fire me. How service today?

Mike: You dey ask me? No be me and you dey make noise on the choir seat throughout the service? (We both laughed)

Mike: Em… em… I wanna ask you something…

I: This one wey you dey do em em, see ehn, as I dey so, I no get money at all.
(He started laughing. Laughing was one of the best things he used to do)

Mike: I want to know if you’re dating Deborah.

I: This your question ehn, e dey suspicious o. Anyway, we’re not dating.

Mike: Are you sure?

I: Jesus!!! Ogbeni (Mr Man)! Leave me. Am not sure.

Mike: (lol) Confused human being. You better be sure now, wetin concern me self.

I: OK. OK. Am very sure, we’re not dating sir. Meet me at home or field.

I got home, ate and started thinking on my last evening discussion with my friends, their advice and the question Mike asked me in church today,

“I’m wooing Deborah officially on Monday (tomorrow)” I concluded and sealed my mind from any doubt.

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